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OVERVIEW: #NPAInquiry hears testimony from acting NDPP Ramaite, former SCCU head Jordaan on first day

Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba's legal team at the Mokgoro Inquiry. (Pelane Phakgadi/News24)
Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba's legal team at the Mokgoro Inquiry. (Pelane Phakgadi/News24)

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21 Jan 2019

Sikhakhane wraps up her questioning, and the legal representatives of Jiba and Mrwebi indicate that they have no questions for Jordaan.

21 Jan 2019

Proceedings resume after the lunch adjournment. 

Former head of the South African Commercial Crimes Unit, Chris Jordaan SC, is the next witness. 

21 Jan 2019

Bawa wraps up. Mokgoro thanks Ramaite for his time, and excuses him from the inquiry. 

Mokgoro callls for the lunch adjournment, and it is agreed that proceedings will resume in an hour. 

21 Jan 2019

Proceedings finally resume after the break, which ran slightly longer than expected.

Jiba's attorney now addresses Ramaite and starts off by thanking him for painting a picture of how things work within the NPA.

Jiba's attorney only has one question for Ramaite, about "public interest" vs "public perception". 

Ramaite: "Crisply put, public perception has no role to play in prosecutorial decision-making. Not at all." 

Jiba's attorney: "That's all I have to ask you." 

21 Jan 2019

Bawa on a question of national prosecutions: "Could you move those prosecutors around without the consent of the DPP?"

Ramaite: "Well, it requires the consent of the DPP." 

Bawa: "Could you move prosecutors into a DPP's jurisdiction without the consent of the DPP?" 

Ramaite: "It requires the consent of the DPP." 

Bawa then asks Ramaite about a particular media service that the NDPP's office has available, which keeps them abreast of what's going on. Bawa asks Ramaite what it's called, but it escapes Ramaite's recollection. 

21 Jan 2019

Proceedings resume after a break in transmission. 

Bawa still questioning Ramaite in detail about the inner workings of the NPA, now on the topic of the code of conduct.

21 Jan 2019

The inquiry takes a short, five-minute break, for what Mokgoro referred to as "recording purposes".

21 Jan 2019

Bawa: "The bottom line of this debate, is that under Section 23(1) of the Act, a deputy exercises or performs powers, duties or functions, that they are authorised to do by the national director..." 

Ramaite: "That is correct." 

21 Jan 2019

Bawa asks Ramaite about the independence of prosecutors. 

Bawa: "In which circumstances, should a director of public prosecutions interfere with a (High Court) prosecutor's decision to institute a prosecution?" 

Ramaite: "Only when prosecution policy is not being followed."


21 Jan 2019

Dr Silas Ramaite is now sworn in.

21 Jan 2019

Proceedings are now in session, starting off with introductions.

21 Jan 2019

Inquiry into Jiba and Mrwebi's fitness to hold office set to start in Centurion

The Justice Mokgoro Inquiry into the fitness of advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to hold office is expected to have its first hearing on Monday in Centurion.

The first witness to take the stand is current Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Silas Ramaite, followed by Advocate Chris Jordaan SC, the inquiry's spokesperson Bongiwe Gambu said in a statement on Sunday.

The hearings, led by former justice of the Constitutional Court Yvonne Mokgoro, will start daily at 10:00 and are expected to end at 16:00.

President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended both Jiba and Mrwebi in October 2018 pending the outcome of the inquiry. 

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21 Jan 2019

OPINION: 

Is this why Bosasa was never prosecuted? 

(By Adriaan Basson)

Is anyone surprised that former president Jacob Zuma is expected to be implicated by Angelo Agrizzi in Bosasa's nest of corruption?

I am certainly not. Zuma has showed himself over decades to be a politician for sale.

First the Shaiks, then the Guptas and now the Watsons, allegedly. Zuma does not discriminate against any benefactors who are willing to buy his political influence at the right price. 

The biggest shock for me of the files Agrizzi is reportedly going to drop at the Zondo Commission into state capture over the next few days is the allegation that senior prosecutors were paid to let Bosasa off the hook.

As News24 reported on Sunday Agrizzi is expected to testify this week that senior prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi, together with National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) senior staffer Jackie Lepinka were bribed by Bosasa to make the corruption case against them disappear. 

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21 Jan 2019

ICYMI: 

EXCLUSIVE: Agrizzi to implicate Zuma, Jiba in Bosasa scandal 

Former president Jacob Zuma's foundation was paid R300 000 a month by Bosasa for years, allegedly in exchange for his influence to ensure that political leaders would open doors to new government contracts.

As the relationship with Zuma grew, Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson turned to Zuma to kill an ongoing corruption probe by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials and the Hawks.

News24 has reliably learned that former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi will reveal this and more during his hair-raising testimony before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture this coming week. Agrizzi will implicate Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and top prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi as being entangled in Bosasa's web of corruption. 

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21 Jan 2019

ICYMI: 

Ramaphosa to receive Jiba, Mrwebi inquiry report by March 9 

A report on whether former deputy prosecutions boss, Nomgcobo Jiba, and her colleague, Lawrence Mrwebi, are fit to hold office will be provided to President Cyril Ramaphosa by no later than March 9, 2019.

This is according to a notice published in the Government Gazette.

Jiba and Mrwebi were suspended in October after Ramaphosa announced his decision to institute inquiries into their fitness to hold office.

Jiba is the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions and Mrwebi is the Special Director of Public Prosecutions.

The inquiry will provide Ramaphosa with the report, together with all supporting documentation. 

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